Opening the Bible for the first time at 23 years old, I had no idea what to expect. I, honestly, wasn’t even certain it would be written in language I could understand. But as a self-proclaimed atheist, I had come to the place where, as a new wife and brand new mom, I needed to defend my unbelief to my new husband, who had been raised in church.
I had shared my dilemma with a co-worker who saw passed my shield and handed me a bible. She challenged me to just read it. I figured I would then be well equipped to defend my stance. I would find the loopholes and wrongs in this Book and build a strong argument against my husband. Clearly not a good start to marriage. But being 18 months in with our 4 month old son sleeping in the next room, I was sure I knew what I was doing.
So I opened the Bible. Right there on page 1. Where else would you start a book? Genesis 1:1. I began to pore over the words and the story began to come alive to me like nothing I had ever read. I had no idea Noah and Moses were real people. And then that pesky line of Abraham. Wow. What dysfunction and tribulation!
I don’t quite remember what I had read the night I felt the nudge in my soul and the scales fall from my eyes, but I remember setting the Bible on the bed and running out to the living room to proclaim to my man that “it’s all real! He is real!” His jaw dropped as I explained that if God could redeem the fallen people in the saga of the book of Genesis, He certainly could redeem the mess that was me. I surrendered my life to Him that night in November 2000.
Only God can give an atheist understanding in His word. In Luke 24 the disciples who had been walking on the road have dinner with Jesus and verse 45 says, “then He opened their minds to understand the scriptures.”
The only way we get understanding in the word of God is to ask God for it. But if you ask Him, He will give it. Your eyes will be opened to marvelous thing in His word. So when you and I sit down to spend time in the word, we must not neglect asking God to open our eyes to it. Only then can gain the life changing transformation it brings.
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